Early Retirement Extreme: A Philosophical and Practical Guide to Financial Independence
1. Work for a while.
2. Learn how to be frugal and then learn how to be cheap--really, really cheap; e.g., put your clothes into a bucket with some soap and water and drive down a bumpy road (no kidding--that's one of his tips).
3. Self-publish a book and call it "Early Retirement Extreme" even though it has no blueprint for retiring early.
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My high school required all students to take a home economics course, which involved cooking potatoes, sewing a shirt, and basic pantry keeping. What a lost opportunity! The world would be a better place if that curriculum were replaced with a semester-long study of this book. I wish my peers and I had been exposed to these ideas before we left for college and started making life-shaping economic decisions.
The book is densely packed with ideas and difficult to summarize. That sa ...more
This was one of the first books I bought for the Kindle that really began to use the additional features that the machine offers. Specifically, the ability to cut and clip paragraphs that you find notable and the ability to make your own notes as you read were very useful as I worked my way through the text. For me, the most enjoyable thing about this book was that it offered quite a different take on the w ...more
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ERE is a philosophy book more than anything else. Fisker offers a way to get off of the 9-5 treadmill, mainly by radically cutting expenses and saving a high percentage of your income for a long enough time to get to the point where you have many multiples of your annual living expenses.
It is not a "recipe" personal finance book. Rather, he asks some very fundamental questions about the nature of work, advocating that people become "renaissance men" ...more
I wish I read this when I was 21. Today, as an actual thirty-something retiree, I'm not sure how useful it is to me.
Jacob Lund Fisker is a guy who lives a kind of extreme lifestyle. He lives in a mobile home with his wife, spends less than $10,000 a year, foregoes appliances (like a washing machine) that many of us consider essential, and doesn't own a single thing he doesn't use at least twice a year. On the plus side, he retired at the age of 33. This wasn't an "I'll spend a year hiking the Pa
The philosophy early on in the book was similar to mine. For instance, I think it makes no sense for houses in the suburbs to have postage stamp, individual lawns to take care of with the associated lawn equipment when it can be obviously more efficiently done by one person who is dedicated to taking care of all of the lawns.
As the book goes on, the author focuses ...more
The message is near and dear to my heart, but the writing is rather dry (as you would expect from a PhD physicist), and many of the suggestions will be beyond extreme for most readers.
Favorite Quote: It is interesting that we refer to “primitive” people as primitive, when every primitive person is able to build his own tools and shelter, make his own clothes, provide heat and water, and knows what food is edible and what isn’t. How ...more
That said, while some of his tips about scaling down one's consumerist lifestyle are a little odd (such as putting your clothes in a bucket of soapy water and driving down a bumpy road as a washing machine substitute....what about the wear-an ...more
The book is a lot of common sense: Save early and aggressively until it hurts and then save ...more
Be warned, it is a thinking mans(or womans) book. It will make you think and it will make you question the things that we all do in our day to day lives.
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The author has clearly shared his idea on how to retire early given his country's economy which is USA. So, some of his tips or concept perhaps may not ground in international readers. But that doesn't mean it is off-limit to us (non USA people).
Now back to actual book. Fundamental ideas of this books would be 1. Save >60% of your net income (after your calculation on how much is monthly bu ...more
The writing style is very left-brained... and I loved it (the author is a physicist)! He recommends a variety of 'tactics' and ...more
The first is a philosophy much like Taleb. It's a way to see the world anew, maybe even more "accurately" and become more robust.
The second is how to act within the new philosophy but mostly stops short of what.